We currently have a plethora of ways to get data to our smart phones. We can use QR codes, messages and email, and even NFC. At this year’s CEATEC, Fujitsu has demonstrated a new way to get data from the world to our smart phones. This method uses our televisions.
It’s much the same premise as a QR code. When a TV commercial prompts you to, you open up your camera and point it at the screen. The TV advertisement then transmits a coupon or a website where you can learn more details. Where you point your camera doesn’t matter, although it is recommended you get your whole screen in the viewfinder.
Once the data is obtained, the phone should just open up [...]
With TV networks determined to “win the time slot” when it comes to the ratings war between their premier shows, many viewers are almost guaranteed to have to choose between several favorite shows on any given day. Granted, there are some not-so-legal ways around this problem. But if you have qualms against going the shady route, TiVo is the solution for you.
TiVo allows you to record all your TV programs to view later, also including shows that are running on other channels at the same time. Following the release of the TiVo App for Android, which gives you complete control of your TiVo DVR from your phone, now comes the tablet-specific TiVo for Tablets [...]
Art imitates life, and that’s exactly why several million people are glued to their TVs everyday. After a hard day’s work, who doesn’t enjoy kicking off their shoes and becoming a vegetable in front of their TV, simply soaking in shows and movies? TV is more than just for entertainment, however; it can be used as educational tools for children, as well as for adults. Getting into the groove of TV can be difficult though. Unless you’ve purchased a TV guide from the nearby store or you’ve seen an ad for a certain show, being able to catch something of interest can be difficult and can lead to hours wasted on mindless channel surfing. We’ve [...]
Television – you either love it or hate it. Or love-hate it? Anyway, we all have a deep, if sometimes ambivalent relationship with our TV sets. We use TV to relax, to get informed, to stay in touch, to learn things, to lose time, to forget about problems, and the list can go on and on. It’s no wonder that many have tried (and mostly failed) to offer a truly portable TV-watching device.
And then the smartphone came along, bringing the brains of silicon and the looks of hi-res screens to the mainstream consumer. The increasingly-large smartphones these days can double as TVs without problem, provided you have the right apps. So, for all of you TV maniacs, we [...]